Upper Madison River Fishing Report

Friday, March 20, 2020

Upper Madison Fishing Report

Current Conditions:
The Upper is starting to produce more consistently. The best fishing is in the slower water which is sometimes hard to find on the Upper Madison. The waters around Ennis are a good bet since there are several really nice big winter runs that concentrate a lot of trout. Rainbows will be moving into the sections between Ennis Lake and Varney Bridge as we approach the spring spawn. With more consistent warmer temperatures in the forecast, these runs should start to free of ice shelves and the productivity will be directly tied to temperatures. Between the lakes is ice free and a lessening valley snowpack is making access more manageable.

The Month Ahead:
The Upper Madison can be a bit of a wild card for early spring fishing but when warm spells arrive and the wind isn’t blowing it can be productive. 

Long Term Fishing Forecast:
The Upper is colder than some other waters and everything is a bit delayed but late April and early May always produces some nice action on baetis and march browns. Caddis will also appear in Mid May.